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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 27


Meeting Date: July 22, 2003

Subject/Title: Accept status report on Armstrong Road landscaping to install sidewalk and landscape for Armstrong Road behind Grupe’s Subdivision No. 7736.

Submitted by: Parks and Recreation: C. Bronzan/K. DeSilva
Engineering: B. Grewal, Engineer

Approved by: John Stevenson, City Manager



RECOMMENDATION
Accept status report on Armstrong Road landscaping to install sidewalk and landscape for Armstrong Road behind Grupe’s Subdivision No. 7736.

PREVIOUS ACTION
None.

BACKGROUND
As a result of the construction of the Grupe Homes Belvedere Subdivision (Amended Subdivision #7736), two sections of Armstrong Road were improved to provide better circulation and access for residents. The improvement for Armstrong Road did not include full sidewalk construction or landscape improvements, which has caused a number of inquires as to why landscaping was left out.

Per the Conditions of Approval (see section “g” below) for the development of this area it was required to have Armstrong Road improved and landscaped with the development of the parcel directly to the East of this subdivision. When the first phase of residential units was developed by Kaufman and Broad prior to this east parcel, Armstrong Road was not improved or landscaped.

Section g - Phase VI Improvements.

ii “Road Improvements - Construct PEC road adjacent to the ECCID Canal and adjacent to Phases IIIB and IV. The PEC road adjacent to the canal shall include an eight foot wide asphalt, bike/pedestrian path. The PEC road adjacent to the canal shall conform to the City’s 120 foot arterial standard as shown on the approved tentative map. If, as part of the new General Plan, this road is not needed as a 120 foot arterial for traffic purposes, then this road may be reduced in width to seventy feet.”

When Grupe Homes developed the next phase of residential units, after intensive negotiations they agreed to improve one lane in each direction on the southern and northern sections of Armstrong Road to improve circulation, but there were not sufficient funds available to pay the developer to also provide landscaping and complete sidewalks. It was expected that landscaping and sidewalks would be completed when the eastern parcel developed as originally intended with the project development. At this time, there is no project proposed for the eastern parcel. As this parcel develops, it will be required to complete the remaining improvements (including landscaping) along Armstrong Road.

In response to a citizens’ inquiry, staff has prepared the estimated cost to install and maintain landscaping for those improved road areas that are lacking as follows:

ARMSTRONG ROAD LANDSCAPE ESTIMATE

Northern section of Armstrong Road – Grupe Development:
This estimate is to install a sidewalk and landscape for Armstrong Road behind Grupe’s subdivision sound wall. It includes a solar irrigation controller, all irrigation from the water meter on, complete sidewalk and retaining curb, 41 Crape Myrtle trees, 104 Boston ivy plants, and 200 yards of bark. Included is trenching though Hudson and Lexington and installing a sleeve for irrigation lines.

The cost breakdown is as follows.

Solar Irrigation Clock (no electricity at site) 3,500
Irrigation System 10,000
Bark 7,000
Bark Labor 350
Amendment and Tests 2,000
Hudson Sleeve 1,200
Lexington Sleeve 1,500
41 Trees with Root Barriers 10,250
104 Boston Ivy 3,640
Sidewalk 25,000
Retaining Curb 250

SUB-TOTAL $ 64,690

Annual maintenance $ 1,500/year


South Armstrong Road - KB Homes development:
This estimate is to install landscape for Armstrong Road. It includes a solar irrigation controller, all irrigation from the water meter on, 59 Pistachio trees, 300 shrubs, and 150 yards of bark. Included is trenching though Hudson and Carey Lane and installing a sleeve for irrigation lines.

The cost breakdown is as follows.

8 Station Irrigation Controller 5,000
Irrigation System 15,000
Bark 5,500
Bark Labor 500
Amendment and Tests 5,000
Hudson Sleeve 2,400
Carey Sleeve 3,000
59 Trees with Root Barriers 14,750
300 Large Shrubs 12,000
Backflow Enclosure 2,000


SUB-TOTAL $65,150

Annual maintenance $ 2,000/year

Total Installation Cost $129,840
Total Annual Maintenance $ 3,500


FISCAL IMPACT
Currently no funds are budgeted in the approved 2003/04 CIP Budget to complete this work.

If the City Council desires staff to move forward with these improvements, a Benefit District can be established associated with the development of the parcel to the east of this site. Reimbursement for this project would be collected when the parcel is improved.

These improvements are located within the boundaries of the existing Lighting and Landscape District 95-5 and, maintenance of the landscaping is within the legitimate scope of the District maintenance criteria.

Annual maintenance costs could be paid out of the Lighting and Landscape District for the subdivision once the landscape is installed.

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